Louisiana State Parks Calendar - click here for full calendar

April  2018

4/14/2018 to 4/15/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Battle of Pleasant Hill Lecture, 11 a.m. each day.
Involving over 32,000 troops, the battle of Pleasant Hill was the largest Civil War engagement west of the Mississippi. Attendees will learn more about this climatic battle during a large-screen slide show presentation that will feature photos, battlefield maps, and more.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
4/14/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Bird Hike, 9:30 a.m.
Ever find yourself saying, "What kind of bird was that?" Have some of those questions answered while joining Ms. Rosalie Overby, an amateur ornithologist as she walks the site identifying various birds. Bring your binoculars and your curiosity and enjoy a 2-mile hike around the site.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
4/21/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m.
The program offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used earthen cooking balls and specially-dug pits to prepare their food. Come and join us around the fire as we cook food as Native Americans did thousands of years ago.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
4/21/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Earth Oven Demonstration, 11 a.m.
The program offers a unique look at prehistoric cooking with an earth oven, showing how the Poverty Point people used earthen cooking balls and specially-dug pits to prepare their food.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
4/28/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Crochet Workshop, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to know how to make a beautiful antique crocheted shawl or maybe a cute baby sweater? Well now you can learn at a Crochet Class. Space is limited to the first 20 people. Register early! Preregistration required. Admission is $5 per person which includes the grounds to the park but does not cover the Oakley House tour.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/29/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Firepower!, 10 a.m.
A Civil War weapons demonstration which includes an artillery loading drill and cannon firing, immediately followed by infantry small arms such as muskets, carbines, and pistols.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/6/2018
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, St. Francisville
National Tartan Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
National Tartan Day honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. Daniel Turnbull, who built Rosedown Plantation, was of Scottish descent. On this day, the site will fly the Turnbull Clan flag and decorate the house in the Turnbull Clan tartan.The public is invited to come dressed in their family tartans to help celebrate!
For more information call 877.376.1867 toll free or 225.635.3332 locally.
4/7/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Saturdays for Kids, 10 a.m. - noon.
Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. Registration is $10 per child. Follow the site on Facebook for information about the specific activities.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
4/7/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Country Tea, 1 - 3 p.m.
Oakley House continues its ongoing tea series with a light country tea. Take a taste of tea, learn of tea traditions, and even make your own butter for your bread.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/7/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Louisiana Iris, 1 p.m.
Louisiana´s state wildflower, the Louisiana iris, is increasingly recognized as a native plant that is exceedingly well-adapted to garden culture. Learn how you can incorporate this native wildflower into your garden, and join the staff horticulturist to view Louisiana iris blooming in the Arboretum.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/14/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Aquatic Critters, 2 p.m.
Chicot Lake is known for its great fishing, but what are some of the other creatures that live in the lake? Visitors will help the ranger find and identify some of the frogs, crawfish, and other creatures that call Chicot Lake home.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/14/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Brought to Light: "The Horse Soldiers", 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Using Hollywood movie footage and actual photographs, this indoor discussion will follow the timeline and events of Union Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson´s April and May 1863 historic cavalry raids. Starting in Tennessee and ending in Baton Rouge, the raid covered over 600 miles of raiding, riding, fighting, and avoiding capture by thousands of Confederates – ending sixteen days later in triumph and a hero´s welcome.
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/20/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
An Audubon Nature School Day, 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Preregistered students are invited out to meet the native life at Audubon State Historic Site. Young explorers are taken through a variety of stations where they will meet the native plants and animals of Louisiana and also take part in various demonstration areas. There is no cost to preregistered school groups.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/21/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Audubon Earth Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hands on activities for the kids and earth friendly demonstrations for the adults. Discover the flora and fauna of the park while walking in the footsteps of the Artist Naturalist John James Audubon.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
4/21/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Let´s Count the Species, 2 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day a day early by counting the species of the Arboretum. We will conducting a short bio-blitz that everybody can be a part of to see how many plants and animals we can identify in a two-hour span. Field guides and binoculars will be available to participants to use during the program and all data collected will be used for citizen science projects such as eBird and iNaturalist.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/21/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
Earth Day, 9 - 11 a.m.
Earth Day, first celebrated in 1970, is now recognized worldwide as a day to demonstrate support for the environment. Volunteers and staff will work together on eco-friendly projects that will also enhance the site. Refreshments and a light snack will be provided.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
4/27/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Living History School Day, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Participants will explore, see, and hear examples of the daily life of a Civil War soldier. Students will view multiple stations such as artillery, infantry, food, women at war, medicine, etc. Reservations are required; call or email to make your group´s reservation.
Email porthudsonint1@crt.la.gov to request the program. For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
4/28/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Spring Edibles, 2 p.m.
Join us to learn about what plants are edible in the springtime.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/28/2018
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 9 - 11 a.m.
Join the site naturalist for a guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake. Canoeing experience is recommended. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. You may bring your own canoe but still need to register.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
4/29/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Crochet Class, Noon - 4 p.m.
Crocheting has been around – in various forms – for centuries, used in making a wide range of household, clothing and decorative items. Preregistration is required, as spaced is limited. Call early to reserve your spot!
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.

May  2018

5/4/2018
Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
FFA Regional Forestry Competition, 8 a.m.
FFA (Future Farmers of America) will host would Regional Forestry Competition among the top six high school teams from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
For more information call 888.677.5200 toll free or 318.368.2086 locally.
5/12/2018
Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield
Guided Museum Tour, 2 p.m.
Park staff will reveal little-known facts of the battleground during a special guided tour. Prior to the tour, a presentation of the Battle of Mansfield video will be shown in the museum theater.
For more information call 888.677.6267 toll free or 318.872.1474 locally.
5/19/2018
Poverty Point World Heritage Site, Epps
Kids To Park Day Hands-On Demonstration, 10:30 a.m. - Noon
A ranger-led demonstration of crafting prehistoric-styled pottery similar to the pieces which the Native Americans fashioned more than 3,500 years ago. Appropriate clothing is recommended for this potentially messy clay demonstration and hands-on activity.
For more information call 888.926.5492 toll free or 318.926.5492 locally.
5/19/2018
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
Ponchartrain Astronomy Society, 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Members of the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society will provide a variety of telescopes for guests to explore the skies. Event will be held in the meeting room.
For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
5/26/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Audubon Young Naturalist Program, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Let your young naturalist explore the world of John James Audubon through hands on activities. Opportunities include explore the grounds and make their own food chain as well as reproduce both Audubon Birds drawn at Oakley and their own artwork along the sites nature trails. For younger audiences.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/26/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Caterpillars, 2 p.m.
Join the site naturalist to learn all about the many types of caterpillars found in Louisiana and what kinds of butterflies and moths they will become.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/26/2018
Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville
Fiesta De Mayo, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Celebrate "Fiesta de Mayo", a festival heralding the Battle of Puebla, Mexico on May 5, 1862, the beginning of Cinco de Mayo. Events include: Chihuahua beauty contests, cook-offs, music and more.
For more information call 877.677.7437 toll free or 318.484.2390 locally.
5/27/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Time Travelers - The Thunder of Cannons, 1810, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Hands-on history experience. Dress in period uniforms while you load and fire the cannons for your own experience in history of the year 1810. Ages 16 and up only.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/4/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
A Revolutionary War Home School Day, 9 a.m. - noon.
The day will resound with the peal of musket fire, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of orders, as the Militia musters at the plantation. Special activities throughout the day will invite school children to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors, reacting with hasty alarm to action at Baton Rouge in 1779.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/5/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
Revolutionary War: Battle of Baton Rouge, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The day will resound with the peal musket fire, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of orders, as the Militia musters at the plantation. Special activities throughout the day will invite the public to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors, reacting with hasty alarm to the battle at Baton Rouge in 1779.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/5/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Louisiana Native Guard, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Step back 155 years in time and witness the extraordinary journey of the first African-American regiment formally accepted into the United States Army during the Civil War. Explore how Free Men of Color, escaped plantation slaves from places like Oakley Plantation, and – in many cases – white officers changed the face of the Civil War during battles such as Port Hudson or campaigns such as the Red River.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/5/2018
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches
Saturdays for Kids, 10 a.m. - noon.
Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. Registration is $10 per child. Follow the site on Facebook for information about the specific activities.
For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 318.357.3101 locally.
5/12/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
International Migratory Bird Day, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and support migratory bird conservation at Louisiana State Arboretum. You will have an opportunity to learn more about wild birds and their conservation at this event which will includes crafts, presentations, games and displays.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/12/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Bird Sounds, 2 p.m.
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by learning some of the calls and songs of the birds of the Arboretum, then going outside to practice this new knowledge. Binoculars will be provided so that visitors can confirm what they are hearing.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/12/2018
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville
A Day in the Life of the Early Acadian Child, 9 - 11 a.m.
In recognition of National Kids to Parks Day, learn about what life would have been like for a child in the 1800s. Children can participate in chores, and then enjoy period games. Staff will be dressed in historic costumes and a limited number of children´s costumes will be available on a first-come, first served basis. As a reward for all of their hard work, refreshment will be provided to all participants.
For more information call 888.677.2900 toll free or 337.394.3754 locally.
5/19/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Louisiana Gold Rush, 1 - 4 p.m.
Did you know in the 1800s, Louisiana had its own mini gold rush? Have you ever panned for gold? Explore both at the park in this ranger-led program and hear how one of Oakley´s own became part of an earlier gold rush in America.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/19/2018
Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
Astronomy Night, 6:30 p.m.
Join the site staff and members of the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society to explore the sky. The Astronomy Society members will provide a variety of telescopes for guests to view close up, what the sky has to offer.
For more information call 888.677.7312 toll free or 985.839.5707 locally.
5/19/2018
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Nature in the Park, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join the site naturalist in Chicot State Park to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in the park. This program will take place at the picnic area of Chicot State Park.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/20/2018
Audubon State Historic Site, St. Francisville
The Plantation Apothocary, 1 - 4 p.m.
Discover medicine and medical practices used by Lucretia Pierre at Oakley Plantation in 1821. Find out how an herb garden would double as an early medicine cabinet for the circa-1800s apothecary.
For more information call 888.677.2838 toll free or 225.635.3739 locally.
5/26/2018
Port Hudson State Historic Site, Jackson
Native Guard Battlefield Tour, 10 a.m.
Join a park historian during a tour of the Telegraph Road area where black troops of the 1st and 3rd Louisiana Native Guards fought on May 27, 1863. Participants are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen, and insect repellent; reservations are recommended
For more information call 888.677.3400 toll free or 225.654.3775 locally.
5/26/2018
Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
Guided Canoe Tour, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join the site naturalist for a guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake. Canoeing experience is recommended. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. You may bring your own canoe but still need to register.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.
5/28/2018
Louisiana State Arboretum, Ville Platte
Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Stop by the visitor center and get your scavenger hunt sheet to look for nature clues found along the trails and among the exhibits.
For more information call 888.677.6100 toll free or 337.363.6289 locally.